The activities for our first day were rather simple, we went tobogganing (sledding) down a medium sized hill. There was 10 of us sliding down the hill so it was rather busy and crowded going up and down. The temperature wasn't too cold, which means that we soon got rather hot with all the activity. I was proud of Mariko for going down the hill facefirst!! She hit the snow bank at the end with a marvolous explosion of snow in her face!! But the snow was so powdery it took her a few minutes to get up.
|The Sledding hill empty of people|
The rest of the day was mostly eating and getting to know some of the other guests. The first family was Australian (two parents and two children) and had been on a world tour since June. The second group was a friend of theirs, a father and his daughter from Stockholm, they were still waiting for mother and second daughter to arrive.
The third day started the same as all the others with breakfast and talking. Our activity for the day was "playing in the snow" and involved making a snow cave and ice blocks. It was surprisingly easy to make the ice blocks, and I think that I am going to try to build an Igloo next winter when we are
|Little Sammy climbing our snow cave|
Once again food and talking took up most of the day after that. By dinner time all the rest of the guests staying with us had arrived. After the Swedish mother and daughter arrived, the other group was once again from the UK. The mother and her two older daughters (18 and 20) were from Portsmouth, just an hour outside of London.
After dinner, which was our usual relaxing time, Mikael (the owner) said that he though he could see some Aurora on the Horizon.... we were all very excited since it had been cloudy up to this point. We all bundled up in our winter gear and trekked out past the city lights and looked up at the sky. We could some haze above the horizon, but other than a slight greenish tint it wasn't much.
Mikael asked if a group of us wanted to go out on a hike and see more lights, obviously Mariko and I jumped at the chance. We headed off with the Brits from Portsmouth hoping to see more lights. Mikael drove us a fair amount away and then pulled off the road. He then lead us into some trees, and then over a frozen river!! I felt rather safe though, he kept checking the ice as we walked. Past the river was a large open field, and the sky looked immense! There was almost no clouds in our entire view and the stars looked as if we could touch them.... almost like they were real, as if we were in a planetarium or such.
|Mariko and I waiting for the Lights|
|The best photo of the first night seeing Lights|